Val	CHA	Cost	Roll	Notes
8	STR	-2	11-	Lift 75.8 kg; 1 1/2d6 HTH Damage [2]
20	DEX	30	13-	OCV:  7/DCV:  7
15	CON	10	12-
9	BODY	-2	11-
23	INT	16	14-	PER Roll 14-/16-
24	EGO	36	14-	ECV:  8
15	PRE	5	12-	PRE Attack:  3d6
8	COM	-1	11-

4	PD	2		Total:  4 PD (0 rPD)
4	ED	1		Total:  4 ED (0 rED)
4	SPD	10		Phases:  3, 6, 9, 12
5	REC	0
30	END	0
21	STUN	0		Total Characteristic Cost:  105

Movement:	Running:	6"/12"
		Leaping:	1"/19"/2"/20"
		Swimming:	2"/4"

Cost	Powers & Skills
12	Monk's Staff:  HA +4d6, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); OAF (-1), Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/2)
15	Extendable Monk's Staff:  Leaping +18" (1 1/2"/19 1/2" forward, 0 1/2"/9 1/2" upward) 
	(Accurate), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); OAF (-1), No Noncombat Movement (-1/4)
2	Sharp Ears:  +2 PER with Normal Hearing
17	Camouflage Self:  Invisibility to Sight Group , Costs END Only To Activate (+1/4); 
	Chameleon (-1/2), END 2
5	Manipulate Limbs:  Stretching 2"; Always Direct (-1/4), Limited Body Parts (arms; -1/4), 
	No Noncombat Stretching (-1/4), No Velocity Damage (-1/4), END 1

2	Spy For The Shogunate:  Deep Cover
1	Fringe Benefit:  Buddhist Monk

4	Manipulate Limbs:  Double Jointed
3	Body Mastery:  Simulate Death

10	+2 with HTH Combat
10	Persuasive:  +2 with Interaction Skills

3	Bureaucratics 12-
3	Climbing 13-
3	Concealment 14-
3	Contortionist 13-
3	Deduction 14-
3	High Society 12-
3	KS: Buddhist Ritual 14-
3	KS: Clan Politics 14-
3	KS: Poisons 14-
1	Language:  Japanese (idiomatic; literate)
2	PS: Buddhist Monk 11-
2	PS: Shogunate Spy 11-
3	Poisoning 14-
3	SS:  Toxicology 14-
3	Shadowing 14-
3	Stealth 13-
3	Streetwise 12-
1	TF:  Small Rowed Boats
3	Tracking 14-
2	WF:  Shuriken, Staffs
134	Total Powers & Skills Cost
239	Total Character Cost

100+	Disadvantages
0	Normal Characteristic Maxima No Age Restriction
15	Psychological Limitation:  Loyal To The Shogunate (Common, Strong)
15	Psychological Limitation:  Manipulative, Prefers To Have Others Do His Work For Him (Common, Strong)
10	Psychological Limitation:  Sneaky And Underhanded (Common, Moderate)
99	Wizened Old Monk Bonus
239	Total Disadvantage Points

Background/History: Dakuan is a Tokugawa Shogunate spy sent to determine what has happened to all the gold taken from a hidden mine. He is trying to get sufficient evidence to allow the Shogun to move against the clan that holds the gold mine in question, but the Eight Devils of Kimon have managed to kill all of his companions. This is what leads him to recruit Jubei into his plans, using him to accomplish what Dakuan is physically unable to.

Personality/Motivation: To put it simply, Dakuan is only concerned with himself and serving the Tokugawa Shogunate. He really doesn't seem to care what happens to anyone else, as long as his mission is a success. During the course of Ninja Scroll, he hits Jubei with a poisoned shuriken and then manipulates him into fighting the Eight Devils of Kimon (specifically Genma). He also gets Kagero involved in the dispute, and is instrumental in setting up the eventual romantic relationship between the two (brief as it was). On the other hand, when Kagero is captured by Shijima, Dakuan is more than willing to leave her behind.

Quote: "When you fight monsters, you become one yourself or you can't win."

Powers/Tactics: Dakuan possesses some pretty odd powers, which is saying something within the universe of Ninja Scroll. His staff can be used as a weapon, as well as stretch to great lengths, allowing Dakuan to pole-vault incredible distances. He can camouflage himself so well as to become virtually invisible, appearing as just another branch or other natural object. A related power is his ability to extend his limbs to unnatural lengths (for example he stretches one arm up the side of a boat in order to sneak aboard). Due to his shown powers, I figured that giving Dakuan the Talents of Double Jointed and Simulate Death only made sense.

As a spy, Dakuan seems to know quite a lot about what is really going on. He knows quite a bit about Genma's movements, Jubei's past, and the past histories of the local clans. Although he's not a powerful fighter, his unassuming appearance makes it easy to underestimate him. PCs should beware.

Appearance: Dakuan stands maybe 5' tall, and looks like he weighs all of 100 lbs. He wears the robes and rosary of a Buddhist monk, a broad straw sun hat, and carries a long staff with several rings mounted on one end.

Dakuan's Hero Designer File

(Dakuan created by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)

Benisato | Dakuan | Himuro Gemma | Kagero | Kibagami Jubei | Mushizo | Shijima | Tessai | Utsutsu Mujuro | Yurimaru | Zakuro

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